The Accommodation: Roomy room, soul-soothing view of a culturally refined city (as compared to all cities in mainland China, to be honest). Posh furniture and upholstery. Japanese-style washlet/bidet (but not of the best model under the Toto brand, I surmise. As far as this gadget is concerned, the nozzle counts the most. Unfortunately, the nozzle model in this hotel is not the best one, if you have tried other models before).
The Location: Great. Close to a galaxy of middle and high-end shopping malls. The renowned “Eslite Bookstore” has its flagship branch located just behind the Hotel W. You can find a lot of catering options and even fashion boutiques in the same building where the Eslite Bookstore lies. There is a “7-11” convenience store in decent size opposite the hotel. Be sure to buy one “Uni-President Pawpaw Milk” for your taste buds, which will be stunned!! One of the most tasty milk-based drinks in the world!!!
The Staff: Well-trained and welcoming. All smiles of Taiwanese genre. The check-in and check-out are both a breeze. We stayed 3 nights. On the first night, we were bothered in the midnight by a bevy of female guests (from Shanghai, I am assured of) laughing aloud in the corridor, and were forced to call the reception for assistance. They acted in no time and the incident was resolved smoothly. Afterwards, the staff at What/Whenever even offered a bottle of hot milk for easier sleep that we politely declined. The next morning we consulted the staff again to know that the Shanghaiese-neighbors would not be checking out soon. Then we decided to change rooms for better sleep in the ensuing nights. To this request the staff member (Sisy, by pronunciation) demonstrated a very positive attitude in assisting us and presently called back to offer a free upgrade to a larger room on the 30th floor of the same design. We thus had much better sleep in the later 2 nights.
On checking ourselves out, we were assisted by a female staff member (name: Lisetta) energetically. She is so nice and helpful by helping me get a place in the Wet (gym) area to get changed, since it was raining and windy all of a sudden. Lisetta offered to carry my heavy handbag all along, which was a real touch to the heart. Thank you, Lisetta!!!
The Gym: One of the world’s best hotel gyms, I assured you. Completely equipped and very neatly maintained. The city view is unobstructed. The gym’s change room (Wet) looks super-posh and smart, featuring a great blend of agreeable colors and refined timber. It is very spacious inside, and you have a niche area for relaxation on comfy sofas, as well. Wow!!!
The Spa: The twin-room has an inspiring view of the city. The price tag is reasonably pleasing. The female specialist Shirley is almost no inferior to those in Bangkok, the Massage Capital on this planet. I have only one minor suggestion, which is: the massage specialist might have chosen a pair of cloth-soled shoes to wear, since they are less noisy whenever set in motion, in order to consummate a tranquil massage experience.
The Pool: a real place for showy people. You cannot swim as normal here. Since all eye balls are on your body. I guess the designer put a lot more thought to the clubbing or partying scene THAN to a watery sport one. At night, the pool side bar and lobby lounge are turned into a New York Bar scene, every atom. But in the room, it is quite quiet so long as you are lucky enough not to have a noisy neighbor (like those Shanghaiese women who screamed and laughed aloud on the outside).
All in all, W Taipei did a nice job in accommodating and hosting. Should like to return upon next trip to Taipei [which is a lot more agreeable in all material respects than (two pushy though truly vibrant) Hong Kong and (superficial and showy) Shanghai as well as (badly-organized) Beijing].
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the Xinyi District, home to W Taipei, there pulses a neon current, creating a sanctuary where serenity meets energy. Here, an endless stream of people, ideas and technology fuses Taipei's rural surroundings with its urban core. From the vibrant markets, theatres and nightclubs to the iconic Taipei 101, everything-even the sky- is electrified. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- w Taipei Hotel Taipei